8 Most Popular Funeral Songs vs Modern Alternatives



No matter what funeral song you choose, it’s important to remember that it should be something that brings you comfort and helps you to honor the memory of your loved one.

“Amazing Grace”

This timeless hymn has been sung at funerals for generations and is sure to bring comfort to those who are grieving

“Ave Maria”

Another classic funeral song, “Ave Maria” is often used to honor departed loved ones who were Catholic.

“In the Arms of an Angel”

This song by Sarah McLachlan is a beautiful reminder that our loved ones are always with us, even after they’ve passed away.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

This song from the movie Toy Story always brings a smile, even during tough times like when saying goodbye to a loved one.

“Lean on Me”

This Bill Withers song is about coming together in support of one another, which can be especially helpful during difficult times like grieving the loss of a loved one.


This Nat King Cole classic is the perfect way to remember a life that was full of love and happiness.

“Wind Beneath My Wings”

This song by Bette Midler is often used to honor a loved one who was a source of strength and support.

“How Great Thou Art”

Stuart K. HineWhen it comes to saying goodbye to a loved one, music can often be the best way to express our emotions. Here are some of the most popular funeral songs that people use to commemorate their loved ones.


“Shake it Out” – Florence and The Machine

As the title suggests, sometimes you just need to stand up and shake it out. I love this song for what I like to call “Sacred Screaming”, which is essentially building up all your anger, grief, and pent up-ness and letting it out in a bunch of screams. Best to scream into a pillow. Even better if you give the pillow a few punches in the process!

“You Can’t Rush Your Healing” – Trevor Hall

This song helps you relax, especially in a bathtub or with a cup of tea. It offers hope and comfort to people who are grieving. The truth is, we can’t hurry our healing process, so we might as well find ways to get comfortable with it.

“Follow The Sun” – Xavier Rudd

The hardest part of grief is waking up. As soon as you wake up, and remember the pain in my heart, it’s hard for to get your day started. Coffee helps, but it wears off eventually. This song brings you back by encouraging to remember and feel grateful for the good things in your day and life.

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